Ten children from an area of Belarus affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster have taken a trip on the Cromford Canal as part of a visit to the UK to help boost their health.

The lively group of ten- to twelve-year-olds, their teacher/translator and their host families and helpers were taken for a trip on the day-boat Birdswood by The Friends of the Cromford Canal.

The younsters’ four-week visit is being hosted by the Bonsall and Derbyshire Dales branch of Chernobyl Children’s Life Line which brings 3,000 to 4,000 children to the UK for health recuperation holidays every year.

One of the main health benefits of the visits is a boost to the children’s immune systems which have been damaged by the radiation. Clean food and fresh air help reduce radiation levels in their bloodstream by up to 80%.

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